Saturday, July 23, 2016

Do I Really Wanna Iguana?

from Kath Rutledge
of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae

I’m thinking about adopting a pet. Technically, I already have one - Argyle. He’s the handsome and very sweet cat who retired from whatever fray he was involved in and moved into my fiber and fabric shop, the Weaver’s Cat. He’s kind of a miracle, because he’s the only cat who’s ever liked me. I’ve always wanted a cat to twine around my ankles or to sit on my lap and purr. But they’ve usually taken one look at me, sneered, and stalked off. Or they bit me if I tried to pet them. That all changed when Argyle arrived. He and Geneva moved into the shop at the same time.

And you see, that’s the problem. Argyle and Geneva both live at the shop (Geneva not so much living as haunting and occasionally moaning) and they keep each other company. That really makes Argyle her cat more than mine. And she has so little to call her own that I can’t take him away from her just so that I can have a cat on my lap when I go home at night.

So the other day I let slip the idea of adopting a pet to Geneva. Oh boy. To say she was excited, on my behalf, is an understatement. Here’s how it went.

Geneva (swooping a full circle around my head with each question): A little furbaby? What kind? Boy or girl? How old?
Me: Um . . .
Geneva: How big? How many? When? What will you name it?
Me: Um . . .
Geneva: You should let me name it. Or name them. What fun! (She stopped swooping at that point and hovered in front of me.) You have very few answers. I don’t think you’ve put much thought into this idea.
Me: I’ve put some thought into it.
Geneva: Not enough. But don’t worry. I will put plenty of thought into it and come up with an excellent list of suggestions.

Which she kindly did. And I promised to give her suggestions serious thought, although I’m not so sure about some of them.

loyal dog

talking parrot

old cat

fluffball

hedgehoglet

noble iguana

adorable kitten

mice in a bread loaf

Um . . . hmm. What do you think? What’s the best pet for someone who lives alone? Leave your answer in a comment for a chance to win a copy of one of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries (your choice). Remember to include your email in this format: yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com so the spambots can't pick it up. Contest will end at midnight EST on Tuesday, July 26th.

Molly MacRae is the author of the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, most recently Knot the Usual Suspects, and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries (the first book in that series, Plaid and Plagiarism, comes out in December 2016 and is available for pre-order now).

Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae, or find her the first Monday of each month at Amy Alessio’s Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts


122 comments:

  1. Talking parrot...they are hilarious and lots of personality.There is one on youtube that does Opera...lol.. I really enjoyed the write up and please put me down for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh my gosh - I found the video on YouTube. How funny! Thanks for the tip. Here it is for anyone else who wants to laugh and be amazed at the same time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo6tb6kj8MA

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  2. I'm a dog lover through and through. They are always loyal and they just seem to know instinctively when you need them. I have three. I also have a hedgehog and though many of them are prickly, cranky little creatures, I've had some that were sweet and adorable. I once had a little female hedgehog who would sit on my shoulder while I read. You should get both: a dog and a hedgehog.

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    1. Aw, sitting on your shoulder! Granny had a cat who did that. I think that was Raglan. She was such a sweetie. To Granny. So you think both a dog and a hedgehog? I think Geneva would approve!

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  3. I think a dog. They are loyal and need some care so the dog will get them doing other things.

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    1. That's true - a dog will make sure I get some exercise in every day. Good thought!

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  4. Old cat or kitten, as well as talking parrot!♡♡♡

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    1. Ha! That could be a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Jocelyne.

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  5. I would have to say the old cat or the kitten. Cats are self-sufficient and can be alot of fun.

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    1. Kind of what I've been thinking, too, Joy. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  6. I wouldn't get a dog unless you're home a lot. I'd probably go with a cat. They don't need housebreaking and are more independent.

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    1. That's sound advice. I'm at the shop an awful lot. Thanks!

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  7. Dogs are great company and help its owner get out more. Linda Kleback lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. That's a definite plus for adopting a dog. Iguanas aren't so good at taking walks.

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  8. I love all animals, but from past experience, I think someone who works full time and lives alone would do best with a pair of cats to keep each other company (kittens are fun, but they tend to play chase in the middle of the night and it can involve running over their adopted humans...). Cats are quite happy to be left alone during the day, not a lot of work and the biggest plus, don't require potty training! Haha. zukeeper.geo (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  9. A dog, of course. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. deannehurley@gmail.com Chinchillas are awesome pets for those who are not home during the day--they are nocturnal, very friendly and the fluffiest, softness things you have ever touched! They do not smell like rabbits, Guinea pigs or hamsters. However they gnaw and eat on ANYTHING that is not glass or metal! We had Chubbs and Chompers.

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    1. Chinchillas! Geneva didn't think of them. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  11. I have a little yorkie. She's turning 11 soon and I think her days are numbered. She's having so many problems and it's hard for me to deal with all of them. She has been a wonderful companion. If I was younger I'd get another dog but that won't happen now. Cat's are nice but they are so independent. It seems like they are more able to take care of themselves than a dog. But if you were alone you'd still be alone a lot if the cat didn't like to cuddle. Sometimes it's best to just stay alone. The book sounds like a fun read. thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Every pet has its own personality, doesn't it? I'm glad you've had your dear Yorkie for so long, but I'm sorry to hear she isn't doing well. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  12. Oh, I think hedgehoglet has to be the winner, if only you can say, "This is my pet hedgehoglet Harry." Don't tell our precious Pep the Pug, though. It's only dogs for ue. What cute pictures. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Isn't that hedgehog the cutest thing? So tempting! And I promise not to say a word to Pep. :)

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  13. If you live alone and are home all the time, a dog is fun. If you are gone all day, two cats....they need company while you are away. I have had various types of animals in my life, and every single one has been special. annettena(at)yahoo (dot)com

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    1. That's a good point about having two cats so they can keep each other company. They're independent creatures, but they are also social. Interesting!

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  14. A cat!!!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  15. A cat! ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. When I lived alone I had a pet rat named Bellatrix. She was fantastic company and so affectionate. The only problem I ever had with her was her choice in television programing, she loved The Jersey Shore. utaker555(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. A loyal dog is the best for someone living on their own as they get you out about meeting people. An adorable kitten can be anything but adorable and I know what I'm talking about my kitten Pebbles is a little horror but I still love her.
    I hope I can enter your competition as I live in the UK. My email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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    1. And I've had bad luck with cats. Granny, on the other hand, was a cat magnet! They all loved her. Sure, UK is fine. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing.

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  18. I never had a pet when I lived alone. I traveled too much. Now I have a rescue dog a couple of cats that adopted me.

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  19. I gotta go with an older cat and perhaps a kitten, the cat can train the kitten on how (not) to behave!

    mysandycat (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. I always thought a dog is someones best pet. They are always there for you and are so much company. My friend had a dog who just passed awhile ago and now at her age she has taken up coloring but she is still longing for a dog so she put a fake dog outside her door with a bow on it . ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. That's so sweet! And the coloring sounds like a great pastime. Thea, the librarian in Blue Plum loves those coloring books.

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  21. A small dog that you can take to work with you.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Oh! That could work. I bet Argyle would be fine with a small dog. He's a very calm cat who seems to like anyone and everybody. Thanks for that suggestion!

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  22. Wee hedgehog. Please. teabird17 *at* yahoo [dot] com

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  23. If you live alone and don't work, get a dog. If you are never home, get a fish. Hubs and I have a dog and we both work but our neighbor comes over every day to check on him and we spend all our non working time with him. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot)com

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    1. Yeah, unless I take a dog to work, I think my work hours might be hard for it.

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  24. A little dog, I love mine. I wasn't even getting one and this one was homeless, my daughter loves her cat, though. Donamae7@gmail.com

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    1. Isn't it funny how we don't always know a thing is so right until it happens?

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  25. A dog who is the most devoted companion of all. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. And if I were to adopt one who could come to the yarn shop with me . . . That could be awfully nice.

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  26. A pink nose poodle. Some people think they are haunted

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    1. Wow! I've never heard that. Geneva will enjoy hearing that.

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  27. I got a sweetheart of a dog from lap dog rescue. So smart, warm and loyal. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. A rescue, whether cat or dog, would be nice. Argyle is a rescue of sorts. He rescued himself by showing up one night in the middle of a storm. What a sweetheart!

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  28. I'm a cat person. I have one black one and one tabby.

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  29. Definitely a dog for unconditional love, everlasting loyalty and fearless protection.
    agavigan@cox.net

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    1. Sounds like a combination that can't be beat. Thanks for stopping by, Annette!

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  30. I would select a cat. We have a house cat, Annie,-who rules the house and outside cats+ our outside dog
    Rhonda Lee
    leer618@yahoo.com

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  31. Definitely a cat. They're loyal and loving. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. Granny's cats were always very loving, and Argyle is such a good friend to Geneva. To me, too. He gives me hope that my "cat jinx" might be broken.

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  32. I think a great pet for someone who lives alone are either a puppy or two kittens. They are so much fun and give you so much love. They bring a smile to your face when you feel down and when you walk in the door.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I agree. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, Dianne.

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  33. I think an adorable kitten would be the best choice. Or an old cat. I would have a cat if we didn't travel so much.

    ElaineE246 (at) msn (dot) com

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    1. If I get a cat (or two), you can come visit them on your travels, Elaine. I'd love that!

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  34. Dogs are loyal to the end and always so excited to see you when you get back home. Thanks for the chance. jmhinton@psci.net

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  35. Cats are great companions and are not hard to take care of. I can't imagine life without my furbabies!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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    1. That's exactly the way my grandmother felt about her cats. They're a true part of your family. Thanks for stopping by.

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  36. A cat of any age is fabulous. They can be so loving. Plus, they can be great entertainment (even if you are just laughing at how finicky or neurotic they can be). Thank you for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. That's what I always loved about Granny's cats. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Meg.

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  37. Either a dog or a cat. Affectionate. Unconditional love.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  38. I think a dog is the best pet for one who lives alone. They are a great companion, need and give love, gets the person out and about (those daily walks are good for everyone), offer security and protection, and can make an empty bed less empty. I'd want an English bulldog!
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. English bulldogs are so cute - in that Winston Churchill sort of way. I've always loved their looks. Thanks for the suggestion, Kathleen!

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  39. I've never had an iguana so I have no idea how much care they would need, but I've had lots of cats and a few dogs, so I'd recommend one of them. The problem with a dog when you live alone and work outside the home is, if you don't have someone who can come over and take him outside while you're gone, or take him to work with you, that might not be the best idea. A cat or kitten would be good, because they don't have to go outside and can be left by themselves (depending on how young the kitten is---too young and they need constant care) but in the case of kittens you will want to get more than one, because they will need someone to play with when you're not around. An adult cat may be okay by themselves but would probably be happier if they also had a sibling to hang out with all day while their human is gone. However much care you would put into choosing a pet in real life, make sure your character puts into choosing one for herself, and that she understands all the ramifications of owning each type of pet she's considering.

    christineocheallaigh (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. You're absolutely right, Christine. In books, as in real life, pets can't be afterthoughts. Thank you for your wise words.

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  40. I live alone for 35 years. I always have a cat so I am never alone. They are smart, funny and great fun. You can easily call a pet sitter to travel not like a dog. I adore cats and never will be without one. I recommend cats!!!!-Bonus is they are super clean , beauitfully behaved and independent

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  41. A parrot can be a wonderful companion. It will talk with you. I have had cats, dogs, iguana, fish, turtles, finches, rabbits, parakeets, cockatiels, lovebirds and more. My African Grey parrot makes me laugh every day. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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    1. Wow! You've practically had a zoo! How wonderful to have interacted with so many different kinds of animals.

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  42. Rats make wonderful pets. They're smart, clean, loving, and fun. They're very social so make sure you get at least 2 of the same sex! I currently have 5 rats, 3 cats, 1 foster kitten, and a horse! Dogs are great, but they need a lot of work.

    Cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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    1. You're amazing! Geneva LOVES horses. I think she wishes I lived out of town so I could have one. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  43. Thanks for the giveaway, would love to read this book.
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    had guniea pigs for years, They are adorable. I have one I named Hazel she was so sweet, she loved to sit on my chest when I would lounge to read. She would kinda purr. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  44. Two cats. They will entertain themselves and you. norbert8bubba@yahoo.com

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    1. That sounds ideal. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Jamie!

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  45. It would be so neat to have a miniature horse in the house! They can be potty trained! I'd love it! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Wouldn't it? And Geneva would love that. She has a thing about horses.

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  46. I think someone living alone would, if not for allergies, love a small dog who has been rescued from a shelter. They make the most awesome pets! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. No allergies here, thank goodness. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Sandy!

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  47. Talking parrot! A natural companion for a single person:)

    fillmore.carol614@gmail.com
    I'd love to read this book!

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    1. A parrot could be very entertaining, and they live a long time, or so I've read.

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  48. How about a tank of fish? They are relaxing to watch, not much care. My daughter loves hers.

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    1. I was surprised that Geneva didn't suggest fish. But she might not have ever seen a tank of tropical fish. I bet she'd be fascinated by them. Argyle sure would be!

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  49. I would get a Border Collie. They are so smart & mine has been a great companion. He goes every where with me & is so obedient & loving . Your's could go to the shop with you & welcome your customers. They seem to know instinctively if trouble is coming. Anyway, I love this series! It's so entertaining & enjoyable! Thank you!

    stkate00@aol.com

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  50. A guinea pig, or birds or a very small doglet that could travel with you. als ( at) foxgull.(com)

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  51. The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries sound wonderful. Thank you for introducing me to Molly MacRae's books!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)met

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  52. I love stores that have cat(s) in them. I love all animals, just want to love on them. I have ferral cats who come to eat and hang out, but don't want to be touched. I also love crafty cozys!
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  53. I think cats are as they are quite independent. Just need to feed and water them and clean the litter box. They provide lots of love and free entertainment too. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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  54. Being an older individual with limitation in movement, I would suggest a cat. They may be independent but they can still be company and require little care. A dog would be my second choice since they make good companions and also a watchdog. If mobility is a problem a dog can be more care required than a person could handle since they need to be walked outside. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Good points, Robin. It's important to think of the animal's welfare now and down the road. We can't be selfish just for the sake of companionship.

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  55. I think a cat for someone who lives alone. During the day they can take core of themselves at work, but you have a friend to come home to at night.

    As I have not yet read the series, I am looking forward to picking up the book and diving in.

    suzieqsb(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. So far the cats seem to be winning. (I kind of hoped that would happen.)

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  56. A Haunted Yarn Shop sounds like a great series! Thanks for the chance.
    mjhopper (at) cox (dot) net

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  57. A dog is a wonderful pet for someone who lives alone...or really someone who doesn't live alone for that matter. A dog is the perfect pet for everyone. :)

    bookishnotions@gmail(dot)com

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  58. Would love to read this Molly! brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  59. Haven't read this author but want to!!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  60. I personally am a dog person. But the hedgehog is adorable too!

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    1. Isn't it? There's something so appealing about those little guys.

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  61. I don't have any pets, but like stories that do. Ninaatmyhouse(@)yahoo ( dot)com

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